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The Newsdesk 08.06.09 – DiCaprio and Scott Enter Brave New World; R.I.P. Budd Schulberg

• Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott are teaming up for an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Pretty soon high school sophomores everywhere will never have to read the book again.

• The full cast for Robert Rodriguez’s Machete has been announced. Lindsay Lohan, Steven Seagal, and Robert De Niro…together at last.

• The first trailer for the vampire tale Cirque du Freak has been released. Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, and Patrick Fugit star. You remember Fugit, right? Almost Famous? Anyone?

• Screenwriter and author Budd Schulberg passed away at the age of 95. Schulberg penned A Face in the Crowd, and his novel What Makes Sammy Run? is one of the seminal Hollywood satires.

• The red band trailer for Zombieland has arrived. Is it too early to start the Oscar buzz for Woody Harrelson as zombie hunter Tallahassee?  

Liam Neeson is in talks to star in Unknown White Male, a thriller for Dark Castle.


A New Test for Studios: The August Box Office

from NYT > Movies by By MICHAEL CIEPLY

Hollywood heads into what promises to be an unusually
nervous month at the box office.

TV Upfront Negotiations Nearly Done

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by

NEW YORK ( — Negotiations in the upfront market
with the five major broadcast TV networks are close to wrapping up, according
to media buyers, with several anticipating volume in the onetime $9
billion-plus market to be off by as much as 10% to 15%. A good portion of the
cable marketplace has moved as well, buyers said, with volume likely to be down
anywhere from 7% to 12%.

Rupert’s News Corp Swings to $203 Million Loss

from The Wrap RSS by Dylan Stableford

Murdoch also says that all News Corp sites will be charging
for content by 2010.


Emily Blunt’s ‘Young Victoria’ to end Toronto fest

from Life – Top Stories

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival is ending
on a regal note. The closing-night film of the 10-day festival will …


2009 Austin City Limits Schedule

from Music Festival Junkies

The schedule for Austin City Limits has finally been

‘Passing Strange’ to open Downtown fest

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by Staff report

Spike Lee’s “Passing Strange,” a film version of
the Tony-winning Broadway musical, will be the opening-night film when the 2009
Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles kicks off Aug. 12 at the AT&T Center

‘Julie & Julia’ to close Rome festival


Film News: Event unveils three Italian titles in competition
— Nora Ephron’s “Julie & Julia” is among the first batch of pics
revealed by the Rome Film Festival.


Beyoncé, Lady Gaga lead VMA nominations

from Entertainment Awards: News & Videos about Entertainment
Awards –

Congratulations to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga!

Emmys Revamp Ceremony in Search of Better Ratings

from NYT > Television by By EDWARD WYATT

Producers will prerecord some awards in order to spend time
highlighting more series that are popular with viewers, including some shows
that weren’t nominated.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, August 4, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Funny People tops Tuesday’s box office with $2.7 million

‘Fast & Furious’ tops video charts

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stephanie Prange

Universal’s “Fast & Furious” sped to the top
spot on the national home video sales, rental and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for
the week ended Aug. 2.

‘The Hurt Locker’ defies the odds

from L.A. Times – Movie News

A drama set in the Iraq war is a tough sell, but ‘The Hurt
Locker’ is defying the odds.

‘On the Waterfront’ screenwriter dies in NY at 95

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By HILLEL ITALIE

NEW YORK (AP) — Budd Schulberg, the son of a studio boss
who defined the Hollywood hustle with his novel “What Makes Sammy
Run?” and later proved himself a player with his Oscar-winning screenplay
for “On the Waterfront,” died Wednesday at age 95….

Jason Segel in ‘Adventurer’s Handbook’

from Movies

By Nicole Sperling
”Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star to join Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman in
film about four guys in search of a mysterious destination


Say It Ain’t So ‘Joe’ : Paramount Won’t Show Critics ‘G.I. Joe’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

It’s the biggest movie of the summer that practically no one
has seen.

Sam Worthington To Replace Tom Cruise In The Tourist

from /Film by

The fallout from Tom Cruise’s decision to star in James
Mangold’s Witchita continues.

Leonardo DiCaprio Putting Scary Spin On ‘Little Red Riding

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“Little Red Riding Hood” is about to get a whole lot darker
– thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio.

‘Burning’ to bow on DirecTV

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

In a move that adds a wrinkle to the traditional
film-distribution model, DirecTV will debut Guillermo Arriaga’s “The
Burning Plain,” starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, as a VOD
offering nearly a month before the film’s theatrical release.

Liam Neeson to star in ‘White Male’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Liam Neeson has signed to star in “Unknown White
Male,” a thriller from Dark Castle and Warner Bros.

Jennifer Aniston Headed Behind Bars For Next Film

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Jennifer Aniston is about to be locked up with the “Girls”
for her next film.

Eclipse’s New Lil’l Bloodsucker

from E! Online – Movie News

There’s a new vampire in town. Sources confirm that
14-year-old Canadian youngster Jodelle Ferland has been cast in Eclipse as a
human who turns into a vampire.

‘Gunsmoke’ remake in the works

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A big-screen version of the
classic Dodge City-set radio and television series “Gunsmoke” is in
development, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Filmmaker Joe Eszterhas back to work with Virgin

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Alynda Wheat

Joe Eszterhas is back with his first film project in three
years, a drama about the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mpower Pictures announced today.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant Movie Trailer

from /Film by
Universal have released the first trailer for Paul Weitz’ Cirque du Freak:
The Vampire’s Assistant


Prime-time TV rankings

from L.A. Times – TV News

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television
last week (July 27- Aug. 2) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research.

Abdul’s ‘Idol’ exit shakes up TV’s top-rated show

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERIN CARLSON

NEW YORK (AP) — Say what you want about Paula Abdul, but
give her this: She makes for great television, especially at her own wacky

‘At the Movies’ co-host turnover is announced

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) — After a year of getting slammed for their
performance as film critics, “At the Movies” co-hosts Ben Lyons and
Ben Mankiewicz are getting their tickets punched….

Louis C.K. heading to ‘Parks and Rec’


TV News: Comedian lands multi-episode arc on NBC show —
Comedian Louis C.K. is joining the cast of NBC’s “Parks and
Recreation” for a multi-episode arc.

Bryan Singer to direct Syfy miniseries

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Syfy is reteaming with director Bryan Singer for a six-hour
limited series, while fellow NBC Universal cabler USA Network announced an
extensive development slate at TCA’s summer press tour that includes projects
from Stephen J. Cannell, Mike Newell, Tom Fontana, Steve Stark, David Breckman
and Randy Zisk.

Conrad, Kardashian set as `Top Model’ guest judges

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reality TV stars Lauren Conrad and Kim
Kardashian are set to appear as guest judges on the new season of
“America’s Next Top Model.”

Simpson-Wentz talks ‘Melrose Place’

from Television

“There’s a lot of jaw-droppers on the show that we obviously
can’t give away but it does get crazy,” the actress promises.



‘Way’ is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Fabolous’ “Loso’s
Way” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, reported


Heath Ledger-Directed Music Video Released Online

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Heath Ledger’s spirit rocks on in the music video world.

Radiohead song honors UK’s last WWI survivor

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LONDON (AP) — Radiohead has recorded a song in tribute to
Britain’s last World War I survivor….

Chris Brown sentencing delayed

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Alynda Wheat

A judge in Los Angeles delayed formal sentencing in the
Chris Brown case today, The Associated Press reports.

Bob Dylan Christmas Album on the Way

from Paste Magazine

As we’ve just learned from Bully! Pulpit, the inimitable (not to mention greatest living) folk grandmaster Bob Dylan has been
steadily compiling a collection of modern songs and Christmas carols for his
first-ever Christmas album.

Robbie Williams to release new album in November

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British pop singer Robbie Williams will
release his first album in three years this November, record company EMI said
on Wednesday.


Steve Bing Flew Bill Clinton To N. Korea

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

So the former prez could negotiate the release of those two
detained U.S. journalists. According to AP, Clinton flew to North Korea on
movie producer/director Bing’s private jet.

The Obamas make ‘Vanity Fair’ best-dressed list

from Life – Top Stories

Barack and Michelle Obama edged out Hollywood stars on the
‘Vanity Fair’ International Best-Dressed List.

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